Four concerned citizens have petitioned the High court -Civil division seeking orders to prosecute the minister of works and transport Eng. Monica Azuba Ntege together with the ministry’s permanent Secretary Waiswa Bageya before the Anti-corruption court for allegedly conniving with a Swiss -based company to dupe Ugandans through illegal compulsory Motor -vehicle inspections .
The citizens led by one Aaron Izimba have also sought orders to permanently block this forceful motor Vehicle inspection and the immediate cancellation of a contract signed between the Works and Transport ministry on behalf of government and the Geneva based multinational company Societe Generale De Surveillance (SGS) in September this year.
Izimba and colleagues contend that the government already has a motor vehicle inspection project run by the Uganda Police Inspector of Vehicles at Naguru, Jinja, Mbarara and Mbale under the Traffic and Road Safety Act and therefore the deal with SGS is a deliberate move to rob Ugandans of over 200 bn shillings paid for several inspection services to enrich an individual company.
The plaintiffs have also sued the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) for neglecting its mandatory duty to collect taxes on behalf of the public and letting it’s powers of collecting such exorbitant fees be usurped by a private company.
They now want court to declare the inspection project illegal and order the Works ministry to take serious measures to mitigate major causes of road accidents such as drunkenness, untrained drivers and marking of black spots.
Court is yet to summon Minister Azuba and Waisswa to file their response.